Public PlazaThis week, the Department of Transportation launched its new Public Plaza Program. The project, which grew out of the PlaNYC 2030 goal that every New Yorker should live within a 10-minute walk of a park or “quality open space,” seeks to work with community-based organizations to transform underused streets (and other DOT property) into vibrant, social public spaces. Sites will be selected based on community initiative and need, with priority given to neighborhoods that lack open space. Eligible non-profit community groups that will commit to managing the new spaces can propose sites for their neighborhoods through a competitive application process. (Photo via Streetsblog).

Mayor Bloomberg and the State Legislature reached an agreement to construct a waste transfer station in Manhattan on the Gansevoort Peninsula. While this advances the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan and relieves some environmental burden from the already overburneded outer boroughs, opponents felt that the location would compromise a large section of Hudson River Park, located in an area already lacking in open space options. City Room breaks down the conflict’s history.

Speaking of the West Side, Friends of the High Line revealed new images of the High Line’s design.

The City’s new Coney Island presentation is now online (warning: PDF).

Coming on Monday: a City Council bill that would require community impact review for projects that receive public subsidies. It’s not clear exactly how this would differ from environmental impact studies (already required for many large-scale projects), but regardless we like this quote from Council Member Bill De Blasio: “Development should be done with the community, not to the community.”

And finally, from the Bruce-Ratner-is-desperate file: tonight, partners and surrogates of the developer, who has consistently ignored the community from day one, throw an Atlantic Yards “Block Party” that is “All about the community!” Develop, Don’t Destroy points out that this may be the first ever block party organized and thrown by people who don’t actually live on the block.

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